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Posted 07 October 2017 - 08:57 AM

How often should larvae and beetle substrate be changed?

 


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Posted 07 October 2017 - 09:27 AM

I'd change it when it's almost eaten, but besides that probably once a month, depending on the species. What kind is it for?

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Posted 07 October 2017 - 11:39 AM

For stags and rhinos, I'd say whenever the food in it is all eaten or when it's mostly frass.



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Posted 07 October 2017 - 12:19 PM

Look for a buildup of frass. 



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Posted 07 October 2017 - 12:56 PM

Ok, thanks, guys!  But what about just for regular adult beetles?  Specifically if the Eleodes sp.?


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Posted 07 October 2017 - 02:52 PM

I never change my substrate for them lol. I don't really see a reason to.



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Posted 07 October 2017 - 04:42 PM

When you see a lot of black dots in your sphagnum moss it's time to change it. If you're just using beetle substrate for adults, maybe once every 5-6 months. 



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Posted 07 October 2017 - 05:05 PM

I don't really ever change mine since it's unlikely to effect adult health unless there's a huge buildup

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Posted 07 October 2017 - 06:17 PM

👌 it will not decompose? In the wild I'm assuming it's not a problem because the beetles' feces will decompose, right?

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Posted 07 October 2017 - 08:22 PM

They have really small fecal pellets and desert enclosures are very dry so mold is unlikely. Of course if you didn't change it for a few years it might become an issue but with desert darklings it's usually not really a problem.



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Posted 08 October 2017 - 11:26 AM

👌 Thanks!!😊

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